Announcing Sinkane’s Gettin’ Weird (Alive at Spacebomb Studios)
Stepping into Spacebomb’s Richmond studio and working with their team of instrumentalists and producers is a license to get a little weird. Sinkane’s Ahmed Gallab takes full advantage of the opportunity on the latest in the Alive at Spacebomb Studios series—the fourth in the series, following albums by Natalie Prass, Sleepwalkers, and the duo of Fruit Bats & Vetiver. Following his album Dépaysé (City Slang) from earlier this year, which the Sudanese-American musician described as “the story of an immigrant’s journey of self-discovery in the Trump era,” Gettin’ Weird takes five songs from that album and one from 2014’s Mean Love (“How We Be”) and reimagines, rearranges, and finds new meanings with the help of Spacebomb House Band: producers Cameron Ralston and Pinson Chanselle, Matthew E. White as executive producer, and multi-instrumentalist and arranger Trey Pollard.
Despite – or perhaps because of – the difficult times we find ourselves in, the themes throughout these six songs revolve around love, inclusion, and finding oneself. Today, listen to “Ya Sudan,” in which Sinkane sings about the duality of growing up in two countries in a silky falsetto traded in for the assertive baritone of the original version.
Sinkane – Gettin’ Weird (Alive at Spacebomb Studios)
DIG | 10.25.2019
Angelica Garcia encourages you to Wear Your Roots in new single “Jícama”
Angelica Garcia has released her new single “Jícama” alongside a video directed by Grant Jensen (Daft Punk, Drake, Bruno Mars), and announced select U.S. headline shows at LA’s Gold Diggers on October 2nd and at NYC’s Bowery Electric on October 7th. Premiering via The FADER, “Jícama” and its accompanying single artwork feature Garcia donning both the U.S. & Mexican flags as an empowering call for all to proudly “Wear Your Roots” despite the current political landscape, which finds immigrants, minorities, and POC from all over the world as targets of hate and xenophobia. Watch the video.
Garcia today also launched a charity initiative to coincide with the track’s release: ‘Wear Your Roots’ t-shirts are now available for sale via the Spacebomb store, with all proceeds going to regionally-based organizations supporting migrant families in the U.S.: ¡MIRA!, Annunciation House, and Immigrant Families Together. The Richmond, VA-based artist, who sings about and pulls inspiration from her experience growing up in the predominantly Latinx communities of Southern California, says of the fundraiser: “I come from a line of immigrants so I wanted the proceeds of these shirts to go directly towards supporting migrant families. This effort is for the children of the 600 taken by ICE in Mississippi, migrants seeking refuge in El Paso & families that have been separated at the border. Thank you for supporting.” Buy the shirt.
Speaking of the new single, Garcia elaborates:
This song is about not being seen for having a dual identity. When you don’t feel seen, you don’t feel accepted for who you are. In my case, I’m American, but I am also Mexican & Salvadoran because of my family blood. Though people often don’t know where to put me, I proudly wear both sides of my identity. The U.S. is a country made up of people from other countries. This song and video are a love letter to kids who grew up embracing two worlds just like me. Seems like many people in power are concerned with preserving some sort of ideal American identity— but our identity as a country is complex. Accepting and enforcing just one perspective is often just a guise for racism and xenophobia. To knock my family and I down for our Latinx roots is to knock down all of America’s history. Like many, I was born in this country.
Angelica Garcia – “Jícama”
DIG | 09.10.2019
Andy Jenkins announces The Garden Opens EP, releases “If It Might Be”
Jenkins says about the new EP:
Sometime in 2016, Alan Good Parker sent me a track from his home studio (known as “The Nursery” since it shared space with his son’s crib) and I sang a line to it right away kicking off a season of collaboration, a little microclimate of songwriting and recording strictly for our own pleasure. I had wrapped up Sweet Bunch, but was still figuring out how to release it. A side project felt like a good thing to do in the meantime. Alan had a name picked out too, which I am legally unable to share with you due to a certain nascent boy band that some people have a lot of money invested in, but that’s another story. Anyway, I’m so glad that the songs on The Garden Opens will be available now, albeit under my own name.
Alan and I moved at a casual pace across 2017. We sprung for sporadic sessions at Montrose Studios, run by our buddy Adrian Olsen, situated at the end of an unmarked gravel road that feels like you’re out in the country. Alan, the best guitar player I’ve ever seen, played all the instruments and sang harmonies and I wrote all the words and sang lead. Papa played bass, mama played fiddle, and way off in the future I think any music that is still written and performed by humans will be classed as “country music” for efficiency’s sake.
I work in a historic garden when I’m at home–the grounds of a sprawling 15th century Tudor mansion that a couple bought in England in the 1920s and plopped down here on the James River. The house is a museum now and the gardens are very lovely and very old, and Rocket the orange tabby has free range of the land. I read somewhere that keeping a garden is an exercise in hope, that planting anything is an optimistic move, shows you believe in some kind of future. I think that deep dawn, recording music comes from pretty much the same impulse.
Andy Jenkins – The Garden Opens (SB034)
DIG EP | 10.18.2019
Sona Jobarteh – “Mamamuso” from ‘All Together Now: 15 Years of the Richmond Folk Festival Live’
Richmond Folk Festival and Spacebomb Records are releasing a special compilation album celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Richmond Folk Festival. The record, All Together Now: 15 Years of the Richmond Folk Festival Live, includes select tracks recorded live over the years since the National Folk Festival first came to Richmond in 2005.
Today, the second track, “Mamamuso” by Sona Jobarteh – a female kora virtuoso, singer, and producer from The Gambia – is released.
All Together Now: 15 Years of the Richmond Folk Festival Live (SB031)
LP/CD/DIG | 10.11.2019
Angelica Garcia – “Karma The Knife”
Unflinching new Latinx artist Angelica Garcia has just announced her debut London show at The Lexington for 24th October 2019, as well as unveiling the striking visuals for the recently released track “Karma The Knife.” Punching through with psychedelic animated visuals alongside Angelica’s primary colour electro-pop, the video is yet another bold step forward for this tantalizing new talent.
Angelica describes “Karma The Knife”:
It’s about knowing the difference between human error and malintent, and how everything we do in life comes back around to haunt us. My friend Nate Griffith and I made this video at this house using a green screen. We both have a love for the absurd, and aspired to make something fun and kooky like the song.
Angelica Garcia – “It Don’t Hinder Me” & “Karma The Knife”
DIG | 07.10.2019